I can see for miles

Twenty-five, as the crow flies. The Shard, Gherkin and a cluster of other citadels to 21st Century commerce sit on the horizon in the view looking south from Plashes Farm, the highpoint of land above our hamlet.


BGBW 2014

11 Blue tits3 Great tits2 Woodpigeon2 Chaffinch1 Marsh tit1 Coal tit1 Blackbird1 Robin1 Wren 12 noon – 1pm, Sunday 26th JanuaryDamp, persistent drizzle at times. Windy.


The green sandpipers of Lemsford Springs

On Sunday afternoon, with only a couple of hours sunlight left in the short winter’s day, I headed for Lemford Springs near Welwyn Garden City. Lemsford Springs is a gem of a little nature reserve under the stewardship of HMWT and of Barry Trevis, reserve warden in particular.  I have…


The morning preen

Black headed Gulls (1st winter and adult) preen in the morning sun

On wasteland near my office a large expanse of concrete pools rain-water into a large ‘luddle’ (somewhere between a lake and a puddle) and when not in use as a car park, Herring and Black-headed Gulls congregate in the centre. My car provided a rather effective hide as I watched these two black-headed gulls preen in the low winter light. Both the adult and juvenile have black tips to their bill but the younger bird has buff-orange legs and upper bill, compared to the adult’s deeper red.

…and the lapwings danced in the sun

Saturday morning at Amwell was a delight – bright sunshine and a cloudless sky after a cold night made for a crystal clear day – a perfect opportunity to see what birds were in residence. A snipe warmed itself in the shallows whilst further out the lake was full of…


A right hornet’s nest

There are new residents on the path to White Hide at Great Amwell. More usually the home to resting families of Canada Geese on the bank of the stream, I discovered this weekend that a larger colony had set up home in the decaying trunk of an old tree.A sign…


Spoonbills at Titchwell

As an hors d’oeuvre to a three night stay in Wells-next-the-Sea last week, we dropped into RSPB Titchwell on a warm but blustery Norfolk afternoon. Parking in the Car Park we walked down through the trees to the visitor centre, deciding first to take a look at the newly opened…